The first five days of NaNoWriMo are behind us with many more blessedly ahead. Some of you have achieved your daily writing and creative goals while others may have missed your designated marks shy of a few words.
No worries. You will achieve your goal if you stick with it. Consider the first five days of NaNo as your glorious warm up.
The fact still remains that when we set out with a great goal and miss our intended marks at the very start, we tend to lose momentum or even the courage to continue. Our plans seem not to be as ‘plausible’ as they were before…and then we drift…staring at our computer screens too afraid to make music by clicking the keys of our keyboards.
Can we really do this? Can we conquer our vision for NaNoWriMo? Everyone else around us seems to be doing just fine.
I would like to take this time to give you a bit of creative advice especially in moments when our creativity seems to get the best of us and cause knots to form in our bellies as well as our creative thoughts.
My advice for you is to simply breathe. Take pauses when you need to. Take a few steps back if you are feeling overwhelmed.
Sometimes when we are racing toward a finish line we tend to turn our eyes and focus toward those who are around us. Let’s make it a point to no longer see other creatives as competition but community.
Be encouraged by what your neighbor has done and take hope in knowing that you can do it too but in your own unique way.
Don’t give up! There are several full weeks left ahead. Keep your focus, keep your peace, and keep writing!
“We work in the dark — we do what we can — we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.” ~HENRY JAMES
~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!